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Nikon AF FX DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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|Aperture Control Design||Includes aperture ring|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||built-in|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||3.11 x 3.11 x 4.72 inches|
|Item Display Weight||28.5 ounces|
|Item Weight||1.8 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.10 m|
|Material Type||Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||135 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||135 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||7|
|Number of Groups||6|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2.12 pounds|
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|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera||Ring-type ultrasonic||Screw drive from camera||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.11 x 4.72 x 3.11 in||2.76 x 2.09 x 2.76 in||3.11 x 4.37 x 3.11 in||4.88 x 8.03 x 4.88 in||3.43 x 3.31 x 3.43 in||3.15 x 2.87 x 3.15 in|
|Item Weight||1.8 lbs||7.05 ounces||1.41 lbs||6.46 lbs||1.31 lbs||0.77 lb|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||standard-prime||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||135 millimeters||35 millimeters||105 millimeters||200 millimeters||85 millimeters||85 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||135 millimeters||35 millimeters||105 millimeters||200 millimeters||85 millimeters||85 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 millimeters||52 millimeters||72 millimeters||52 millimeters||77 millimeters||67 millimeters|
The Nikon AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens features unique Nikon Defocus-image Control technology, which allows you to control background and foreground blur for striking portraits. Autofocus capability. Large maximum aperture for shooting in dim light. Accepts 72mm filters. Built-in lens hood. This high-performance, medium telephoto features Defocus Image Control allowing for control of the degree of focus in the foreground or background.Features: Portrait lens with Nikon's exclusive Defocus Control. Change the appearance of out of focus elements (circles of confusion) so that they appear larger or smaller Rear focusing for fast AF operation Note! AF not supported by D40 and D60 cameras.
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After having used this lens for some time now, I can say that I am in the camp that does enjoy the lens and it is, in fact, one of my favorite lenses in my bag. That having been said, if you're going to buy this lens, you really do need to manage your expectations. While I would not classify this as a "soft focus lens", I do understand why some people may come to think that.
The lens itself is not razor sharp wide open (most lenses are not really their sharpest wide open) and once you start messing with the DEFOCUS ring, it's easy to make this effect more pronounced, whether it's accidentally or on purpose. The fact that it's not razor sharp wide open is not really an issue for me as I rarely shoot my lenses wide open due to the fact that I've only ever encountered a handful of lenses that were acceptably sharp (to my own standards) completely wide open. Like my 50mm f1.4, I tend to default to shooting at f2.8 with this lens as well. Part of this is due to the fact that the lens begins to sharpen up quite quickly at f2.8 and becomes extremely sharp by f4, but the other part is simply due to the depth of field at 135mm. Try plugging the numbers into your depth of field calculator and you'll see that f2 at 135mm is actually absurdly thin. Some people may enjoy having this kind of sliver of a DoF, but I'm very rarely in a situation where this is desirable.
If you read a lot of reviews about this lens, you've probably run across the claim that the DEFOCUS CONTROL only affects the out of focus sections of the image (ie. the quality of bokeh). This is simply untrue and I don't know why anyone would actually believe this, much less people who use this lens. Anyone with a shred of sense would realize that this is physically impossible claim. Light simply does not work like that. If, theoretically, this were the case, you could focus your image, and then play with the DEFOCUS CONTROL and not have to re-adjust your focus. But the fact is that you do need to re-adjust your focus to compensate in this scenario. So I will concede that depending on the way you choose to interpret the claim, it can be partially true in the sense that the DEFOCUS CONTROL does have an effect on the quality of bokeh, but this effect is not completely isolated in the way that is often suggested or implied. Long story short, when you're using this lens, just remember to set your focus AFTER setting your DEFOCUS CONTROL. Another note on this is that depending on your camera, you might benefit from manually focusing as it seems like some cameras get confused when you start messing with the DEFOCUS CONTROL.
As many other reviews suggest, chromatic aberration is an issue with this lens and in some situations, it can be quite severe. I would not recommend this lens if you're planning to do a lot of shooting straight into very bright light sources as this will exacerbate the problem. More so than any potential focusing or sharpness issues, I feel that this is the real Achilles' Heel of this lens. If you get this lens, you will just have to recognize problematic scenarios and adapt accordingly.
All that having been said, I do love this lens because I love the way it renders images. Despite the "type-casting" that it tends to receive due to its focal length, it's actually a surprisingly versatile lens and the DEFOCUS CONTROL is there to give you a modicum of greater creative control when you want it and can be simply turned off when you don't want to employ it. It is capable of being an extremely sharp lens once you stop it down a bit, but it can also be a bit softer if you choose to shoot wide open. It can't be denied that it's a lens that does show its age when paired with modern sensors or when put head to head against lenses created in the modern era and engineered to put up high numbers on DxOMark. Quite frankly, it's unfair to evaluate the lens in that light simply because it was designed and manufactured in a time when we weren't nearly as obsessed with pure technical numbers as we are today.
If you're all about getting a lens with the absolute highest IQ according to benchmark testing, this is probably not the lens for you. If, however, you are looking for a lens that renders images in an artistic and pleasant way that's becoming increasingly rarer as companies strive to outdo each other on these benchmark tests, I would encourage you to give this lens a try. Because despite the passage of time, great lenses do not cease to be great. It's just that other things may come out that might be superior in certain aspects. In the end, though, photography really isn't about how sharp each pixel is—let's be honest... nobody other than photographers themselves actually pixel peep in real life when looking at photos.
When I adopted an attitude that concerned myself less with the technical aspects of my gear and instead focused on how my images actually looked, I began to realize that sometimes, I actually preferred the look of a lot lenses that would be considered old and "inferior" by modern standards. I think the 135mm f2 DC falls squarely in this category. It's not going to light benchmark tests on fire, but it's the other factors and the total product that so many of its advocates have come to fall in love with. If you're willing to open your mind to exploring a lens that you may absolutely love (there's no guarantee), but may be just as likely to frustrate you and make you want to tear your hair out, give this lens a shot. One way or the other, I've yet to meet a single person that has used this lens and not come out feeling strongly about it one way or another. It's really an experience...
Suffice to say, I'm going to start saving up for the 105mm F2 DC. :)
The color rendition and clarity is beyond what I had expected.
Of course 135mm is a fairly good zoom for a DF camera, and I think it's great for casual portraits.
Ultimate portrait, indoor and outdoor. At 135mm you can keep your distance and not spook your clients or subjects. It is an investment for a lifetime. I am a real customer, and I am not kidding. Not cheap, but all metal apex gear. you will not find better glass than this.
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Shots are very clear and the defocus ability is great
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